Register now for the 8th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference, featuring keynote speaker, Flower Darby. Flower is an adjunct faculty member and Senior Instructional Designer at Northern Arizona University. Please see the toggle below for more information about Flower Darby. Her keynote, “Moving Forward with Resilience and Joy as Adjunct Faculty,” will explore how the approaches we’ve gained during the pandemic have strengthened our practice.

Flower Darby

Flower will also facilitate a session titled “Small Teaching: Practical Ideas to Try Next Week or Next Semester.” Building on the themes established in the keynote presentation, this session will explore practical and efficient strategies to teach in all class formats to engage students, help them persist, learn, and succeed, and structure effective ways for them to participate in class. Since faculty have limited time to prepare their classes, Flower will emphasize evidence-based suggestions that don’t take a long time to create, facilitate, or grade. Faculty will leave with a range of ideas to implement next week or next semester.

During the conference we will also hear from three Harper adjunct faculty. Andre Berchiolly (English), Samira Chaker (Economics), and Mary van Opstal (Chemistry) will reflect on their teaching experience during the pandemic and share a small tip or strategy that they will continue to use post-pandemic.

The conference will also include a fun and interactive closing Quiplash session, raffles, and more. We hope you can join us and your fellow colleagues for an engaging conference! View digital conference program.

Conference Details:

  • Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Online, Webex
  • CEUs: 0.3 – After attending the conference or viewing the recording, please complete this personal action plan by December 3, 2021 to receive CEUs.
  • Register Now (you must register with your Harper College email address)


  • 3 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. Welcome
  • 3:05 p.m. – 3:35 p.m. Moving Forward with Resilience and Joy as Adjunct Faculty
  • 3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. Small Teaching: Practical Ideas to Try Next Week or Next Semester
  • 4:10 p.m. – 4:20 p.m. Q&A with Flower Darby
  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. Remarks from the Provost and President
  • 4:40 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. 3 Small Takeaways: Perspectives from Harper Adjunct Faculty
  • 5:20 p.m. – 5:50 p.m. Small Teaching Quiplash (play, vote, or watch!)
  • 5:50 p.m. – 6 p.m. Closing

View digital conference program with more details.

Register for the Conference (you must register with your Harper College email address)

Keynote Presenter: Flower Darby

Flower DarbyFlower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As a faculty member and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for more than 25 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.

Flower speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work. She is the lead author of the book Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, and a columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.

Flower’s recent articles include:

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We also encourage you to attend the 13th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair on Friday, September 24, 2021. The conference will also feature Flower Darby as the keynote speaker where she will share her perspectives on exploring equitable and engaging evidence-based best practices for online teaching and assessment. Learn more.